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Tackle? Fullback? Tight end? Lions' Reiff poses triple threat

9:01 PM, Nov. 14, 2012
Detroit Lions tackle/fullback/tight end Riley Reiff (71) flattens Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson (50) to clear running room for teammate Mikel Leshoure (25) during Sunday's game in Minneapolis.
Detroit Lions tackle/fullback/tight end Riley Reiff (71) flattens Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson (50) to clear running room for teammate Mikel Leshoure (25) during Sunday's game in Minneapolis.
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The Detroit Lions' 401 pass attempts are the most in the NFL this season.

So it might seem strange that the Lions in the past couple of weeks have incorporated a jumbo package as a major part of their offensive scheme.

In their last two games combined, the Lions have played rookie tackle Riley Reiff as a fullback or extra tight end on about 40 percent of their offensive snaps (54 of 134). They did it to get some extra punch in their running game, though last week in Reiff's 21 snaps against Minnesota, the Lions threw about as often as they ran. ...

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